UK records another 13,430 coronavirus cases and 603 deaths
Written by Rother Radio News on 01/12/2020
Another 13,430 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the UK, with 603 more having died after contracting the disease.
It is a slight rise from the 12,330 new cases that were posted on Monday, but a significant increase on the 205 deaths that were recorded.
England is set to be carved up into tiers once again from Wednesday, with a Tory rebellion unlikely to jeopardise the restrictions from being voted through by parliament tonight.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he hopes the measures will keep the pandemic at manageable levels before they are relaxed over Christmas, with a vaccine possibly available “in a few weeks”.
“This could – could, if we’re lucky, if everything goes right – be available just in a few weeks,” he said on Monday.
“This could – and I stress could – really be the salvation for humanity, these vaccines, not just this one but obviously all the vaccines that are currently being developed.”
Mr Johnson was speaking during a visit to pharmaceutical company Wockhardt’s facility in Wrexham, where it is hoped the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine will be produced.
© Sky News 2020